How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Hire A Live Wedding Band In 2024?

January 2024 | Jon Stephens

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What’s the real cost of hiring a live wedding band in 2024?

 

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Wedding band pricing can sometimes seem random and confusing at times, can’t it? In this guide, I am going to make sure you don’t overpay and get real value for money by showing you the average costs for 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece wedding bands for hire across the whole of England. After that, you’ll see some great examples of popular 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece wedding bands so you know what your hard-earned money can really get you. This kind of extensive research has never been undertaken before so sit back and get the real answers!

Read on for loads of great info and money-saving tips or click here to head straight to the average cost of wedding bands or here for the cost of wedding bands in every county.

How can our prices always be less than the national average? 

You’ve probably had a look at some of the tables below and are wondering what the prices highlighted in blue represent. Well, those are the average prices for our own lovely and award-winning wedding bands. Why are we on average £100 cheaper than anywhere else? Well, we don’t charge commissions or hire salespeople like other entertainment websites. We are in the bands you see and because we also run our website, we don’t need to charge you all the unnecessary extra fees other entertainment agencies do. Fantastic wedding bands without all the extra costs. Win-win!

 

Looking to hire a wedding band?

If you are looking for a wedding band for your 2024 or 2025 wedding why not have a look at ours? Our live wedding bands are made up of world-class musicians in award-winning wedding bands and always include 24-hour gig support, a comprehensive booking contract and full covid-cover with any booking. Enquire here for more info and get an unbeatable price on any of our live wedding bands as we are currently offering 15% off any 2024 booking.

 

What’s usually included in the price for a wedding band?

These are all the freebies we like to include with any wedding band booking but we can’t guarantee it’s the same for every band or agency out there. Enjoy some free stuff!

  1. 2×60 or 3×40 minute live sets
  2. A comprehensive booking contract that includes covid cover
  3. Band arrival time of 5 pm or later
  4. Band set up time of 60/90 minutes
  5. Finish time of midnight or earlier
  6. *FREE* DJ laptop set in between live sets or as required (usually costing £150)
  7. A professional PA sound system, stage lighting, and PLI and PAT certificates
  8. All transport and accommodation costs
  9. All our live wedding bands are happy to discuss playing certain songs and catering their setlist just for you

 

More great guides to help you plan your perfect wedding!

Why not take a look at some of our other guides that are all about helping you plan that perfect wedding?

 

So what did we actually do?

Now, we know you may not just want to take our word or some other wedding blog’s word on how much wedding bands cost so to remedy this, we went out and did some serious stat-based heavy lifting for you. We looked at all the major UK-based wedding entertainment websites (including ours), looked at the most popular 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece wedding bands, and correlated how much each of those bands would cost in every county, major area, or city in England. As mentioned, our prices are currently 15% lower but we haven’t seen anything similar on other wedding entertainment websites so haven’t edited our findings below. Pretty relevant to mention in a guide like this!

 

Anything else??

We then worked out an average price for each band size in each of these areas to give you the most comprehensive study ever on how much it really costs to hire a wedding band. Yes, yes we know we spoil you! If you want to know all the specifics regarding our findings, check the small print at the bottom of the post.

The average cost of a live wedding band in the UK in 2024 infographic

Live wedding band cost can vary but on average you are looking at £800 to £1200 for a 3-piece band, £900 to £1800 for a 4-piece band, £1200 to £1900 for a 5-piece band, and £1400 to £2000 + for a 6-piece band. However, various factors like continuing inflation, petrol costs/related expenses, and off-peak and peak pricing can also have an impact on cost.

However, why just read all about this when you can just see most of it in a handy infographic? If you want a copy for yourself, just let us know.

 

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Even more on the average cost of wedding bands for hire in 2024

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Average wedding band cost across the whole of England 

The average cost of a wedding band in 2024 when adding up all prices of all band sizes from all over England is £1580.91 or £1370.58 with us. Armed with this info, you should know if you are getting a good overall deal when checking out wedding bands all over the lovely internet. A great example of a popular, average-priced wedding band is All Night Disco.

 

The overall cost of a 3-piece wedding band for hire

The overall cost of a 3-piece wedding band in England – one of the smallest types of wedding band you can hire is £1170.76 or £945.20 with us. That’s a small increase from 2023 pricing which isn’t surprising considering the rising costs in the UK. A great example of this kind of band is our super-popular Electric Jukebox (above).

 

The overall cost of a 4-piece wedding band for hire

At £1580.65 or £1395.85 with us, the average cost of a 4-piece band in England in 2024 is slightly higher too. This is always expected as demand is always high for 4-piece bands in England year after year and Flair Four (above) are no exception being one of our most in-demand live wedding bands all year round.

 

 

The overall cost of a 5-piece wedding band for hire

With the cost of 5-piece wedding bands averaging at £1625.91 or £1485.85 with us, they are still one of the bargains of the wedding band world, especially during these high inflation times. Hardly costing more than a 4-piece band, 5-piece bands usually offer an extra keyboardist, guitarist, or singer when compared to 4-piece acts. It’s well worth looking at 5-piece wedding bands in England and why not start with our rather fantastic and popular band Good Fellas (above)?

 

The overall cost of a 6-piece wedding band for hire

The overall cost of 6-piece wedding bands in England is £1890.33 or £1645.43 with us. That’s quite the jump from the 5 piece bands, so you only really want to consider these fantastic big bands if you have a generous budget and a big stage. Southside Sparkle (above) are one such wedding band that are well worth the money though, with an amazing live show.

Which location in 2024 is the most expensive when hiring a live wedding band?

With all band sizes included, the most expensive location to hire a live wedding band in 2024 is the old classic London. Many counties were almost as expensive but if you are looking at wedding bands or wedding venues in London, you may want to check out neighbouring counties’ prices too.

 

Which location in 2024 is the least expensive when hiring a live wedding band?    

Again, with all band sizes included, the least expensive location to hire a live wedding band is Gloucestershire. At £1386 or £1254 with us, we were quite surprised by how affordable the area is so if you are looking at having your wedding in this county, stay put and book a band!

 

The headline act: Every single average price for 3, 4, 5 and 6-piece live wedding bands across all locations in England

 

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Are you ready for this? This is the big one! Look below for every band size, every location, and every price. I guarantee that you will find the average prices for 3, 4, 5, and 6-piece wedding bands in 2024, in the area you are looking to hire a band. We hope this important research really helps you pick the best wedding band for you and your guests. Again, the black figures represent the average price with all major entertainment agencies and the blue figures represent our prices.

Click on any area below to skip straight to that section.

 

South East

South West

West Midlands

East Midlands

East of England

North West

North East

Yorkshire and the Humber

 


The South East

Rockaoke Live! are one of our most popular bandeoke and rockaoke wedding bands in the South East!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
London 997 1351 1460 1829 1580
London 900 1305 1356 1740 1402
West Sussex 1034 1231 1335 1646 1311
West Sussex 996 1230 1301 1613 1285
Surrey 1174 1415 1348 1630 1391
Surrey 960 1410 1399 1589 1339
Oxfordshire 1028 1455 1495 1658 1409
Oxfordshire 964 1412 1389 1600 1341
Kent 1048 1464 1452 1811 1443
Kent 958 1406 1408 1789 1390
Hampshire 972 1247 1477 1839 1383
Hampshire 970 1320 1410 1804 1376
Essex 1244 1487 1457 1949 1534
Essex 978 1410 1423 1823 1408
East Sussex 1034 1241 1406 1952 1408
East Sussex 978 1305 1389 1810 1370
Buckinghamshire 1174 1420 1493 1959 1511
Buckinghamshire 980 1415 1423 1856 1418
Berkshire 1032 1444 1434 1619 1382
Berkshire 965 1423 1479 1579 1361
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1073

964

1375

1363

1435

1397

1789

1720

1418

1361

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the South East

 


The South West

Award-winning Bournemouth-based Party Republic are a huge hit at weddings!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Wiltshire 1139 1432 1486 1651 1427
Wiltshire 1040 1402 1430 1579 1362
Somerset 1049 1467 1432 1443 1347
Somerset 978 1397 1325 1376 1269
Gloucestershire 988 1207 1449 1501 1286
Gloucestershire 962 1210 1366 1478 1254
Dorset 1033 1366 1486 1440 1331
Dorset 980 1359 1405 1450 1298
Devon 1045 1500 1674 1805 1506
Devon 995 1438 1489 1744 1416
Cornwall 1117 1676 1487 1863 1535
Cornwall 1004 1438 1421 1798 1415
Bristol 998 1547 1459 1502 1376
Bristol 910 1433 1465 1489 1324
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1052

981

1456

1382

1496

1414

1600

1559

1401

1334

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the South West

 

 


The West Midlands

Birmingham-based Usual Suspects bring joy and fun to every wedding they get to perform at!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Worcestershire 976 1558 1479 1513 1381
Worcestershire 890 1430 1456 1500 1319
West Midlands 1016 1453 1499 1759 1431
West Midlands 956 1420 1450 1478 1326
Warwickshire 959 1465 1490 1960 1466
Warwickshire 890 1320 1421 1621 1313
Staffordshire 965 1486 1623 1562 1409
Staffordshire 894 1420 1459 1525 1324
Shropshire 981 1490 1623 1498 1398
Shropshire 900 1421 1467 1470 1314
Herefordshire 981 1522 1496 1473 1368
Herefordshire 912 1466 1478 1499 1338
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 979

907

1495

1412

1535

1455

1627

1515

1408

1322

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the West Midlands

 

 


The East Midlands

Manchester-based Acrylic bring rock, indie, and pop hits to any wedding in the Midlands!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Nottinghamshire 959 1628 1379 1629 1398
Nottinghamshire 892 1435 1450 1578 1338
Lincolnshire 930 1513 1475 1728 1411
Lincolnshire 910 1434 1478 1638 1365
Leicestershire 964 1612 1400 1800 1444
Leicestershire 904 1405 1423 1632 1341
Derbyshire 933 1653 1403 1611 1415
Derbyshire 895 1456 1470 1578 1349
Northamptonshire 986 1608 1562 1973 1532
Northamptonshire 915 1379 1456 1589 1334
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 954

903

1602

1421

1443

1455

1748
1603
1440

1345

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the East Midlands

 

 


The East of England

You’ll often see The Motown Boys performing their popular acoustic pop sets all around weddings in the East of England.

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Hertfordshire 1019 1443 1387 1949 1448
Hertfordshire 967 1397 1394 1840 1399
Suffolk 1026 1278 1444 1967 1428
Suffolk 900 1321 1402 1723 1336
Norfolk 1152 1344 1444 1998 1484
Norfolk 990 1423 1456 1601 1367
Cambridgeshire 1051 1279 1435 1974 1434
Cambridgeshire 934 1456 1476 1633 1374
Bedfordshire 1038 1256 1549 2004 1464
Bedfordshire 923 1435 1467 1622 1361
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1057

942

1320

1406

1451

1439

1978

1683

1451

1367

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the East of England

 

 


The North West

Flair Twelve travel the world including the North West to deliver the finest wedding entertainment you will ever see!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Merseyside 939 1513 1612 1718 1445
Merseyside 925 1503 1602 1720 1437
Lancashire 926 1781 1769 1787 1565
Lancashire 890 1430 1489 1546 1338
Cumbria 1180 1270 1555 1928 1483
Cumbria 976 1357 1499 1734 1391
Cheshire 949 1358 1409 1565 1320
Cheshire 910 1389 1410 1497 1301
Greater Manchester 940 1664 1399 1597 1400
Greater Manchester 890 1424 1434 1511 1314
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 986

918

1517

1420

1548

1486

1719

1601

1442

1356

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the North West

 

 


The North East

The Grassroots Folk Collective go down an absolute storm in the North East!

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Northumberland 1110 1338 1774 1881 1525
Northumberland 1050 1321 1734 1789 1473
Durham 1014 1298 1750 1871 1483
Durham 980 1300 1658 1649 1396
Newcastle upon Tyne 969 1311 1760 2088 1532
Newcastle upon Tyne 912 1401 1457 1669 1359
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1031

980

1315
1340
1761

1616

1946

1702

1513

1409

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in the North East

 

 


Yorkshire and the Humber

Hailing from Leeds, acoustic duo Talking with Fireworks can be seen strutting their acoustic stuff all around Yorkshire and the Humber.

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
South Yorkshire 1026 1498 1603 1761 1472
South Yorkshire 980 1430 1566 1721 1424
North Yorkshire 1067 1270 1455 1871 1415
North Yorkshire 986 1434 1578 1740 1434
West Yorkshire 951 1550 1600 1763 1466
West Yorkshire 940 1500 1612 1689 1435
Central Yorkshire 940 1560 1621 1756 1469
Central Yorkshire 940 1500 1612 1689 1435
East Yorkshire 980 1275 1590 1848 1423
East Yorkshire 910 1289 1467 1678 1336
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 992

951

1430

1430

1573

1567

1799

1703

1449

1412

Click to see all of our live wedding bands that can perform in Yorkshire and the Humber

 

So what did we find most interesting after looking at all this wedding data? 

What stood out for us most once we complied all this data? What do I think is most relevant for you? Well as explained earlier, 4-piece wedding bands are still quite the expense countrywide whereas 5-piece wedding bands seem quite the bargain! 3 piece wedding bands still hold the prize as the most affordable bands out there and 6-piece wedding bands were surprisingly expensive. This mirrors 2023 exactly despite inflation so don’t expect this to change anytime soon as it’s been a trend for many years.

  

What stood out most about all the location pricing for us? 

London usually tops the list as the most expensive area in England to book a live wedding band and so it was again the unsurprising winner. The southern counties are still generally the more expensive but there are some bargains with Gloucestershire topping the charts as the least expensive area to book a live wedding band. Certain counties saw a real drop in prices, so there are bargains to be had during these expensive times.

 

 Live wedding band for hire examples

Every live band has its own unique price of course but let’s go through some price brackets and give you an idea of what kind of live band you can get for your money. Broadly speaking, my price bracket suggestions assume that all the below (including the freebies mentioned earlier in the guide) are included. It’s what we include in our pricing as standard and you should expect nothing less from any live wedding band or agency website.

 

  • Deposit (not always included on other websites)
  • Band hire including all incurred expenses (equipment hire, stage lighting, fuel/travel costs and rider, etc)
  • Free DJ or laptop DJ service (not always included on other websites)
  • Any and all hidden extra costs
  • Agreed added extras
  • Any final payments

 

If you want to learn more about wedding bands in general, have a look at our guide here or check back every week for more from our blog. Oh, and the below pricing brackets don’t necessarily take into account boutique, bespoke, or celebrity-based wedding bands. These acts can vary wildly in pricing.

£800-£950

We’re not going to talk about anything lower than £800 in this post as we are concentrating on three-piece bands and upwards. We wouldn’t recommend hiring any wedding band for under £700 unless you know them or are getting an amazing “mates rate”. Check out our post on whether it’s safe to book a wedding band online for more info on that. With a budget of £800-£950 however, you could afford a great three-piece wedding band. They may be small but they pack a mighty punch! 

Paper Boats (above) are a fantastic example of an incredibly popular, three-piece wedding band in this price bracket.

 

£900-£1400

With a healthy budget of £900-£1400, you can hire some of the best three-piece wedding bands and start to get hold of some great four and even five-piece acts. We always advise that quality is better than quantity. Pick a great four-piece over a decent five-piece and you will reap the rewards come party time! 

You can’t go wrong with our super popular League of Gentlemen (above) when it comes to a competitively priced, fun, and highly experienced four-piece.

 

£1000-£1700

Within these price ranges, you are looking at top-draw three-piece wedding bands and some really good four and five-piece bands. This is a really good place to be budget-wise as it will open you up to a huge range of live bands for any type of wedding.

From the Top (above) are a great example of a four/five-piece band that are just that little bit special and very well-priced.

 

£1400-£2200

If your budget can stretch here, you are pretty much guaranteed a fantastic wedding band. You can probably start to afford a five to six-piece outfit within this price range and they will do you proud come wedding day. Again, once you have reached these kinds of numbers, the choice of live bands is pretty much endless.

An outstanding example of a larger band are Night and Day (above). You can’t get much better for the money.

 

£2000-£2700

Now we’re talking! You are getting into the upper echelons of wedding band pricing here with acts right up to 10-piece monster bands. Make sure you have the room to house these epic live bands at your wedding. With this budget, you could always get a truly outstanding four, five, or six-piece wedding band if space is an issue. 

The award-winning DJ Republic (above) are a premium live band that fit nicely into this bracket. Top musicians playing only the finest venues and weddings.

£2500 +

If you are looking at spending £2500 and above, then you can pretty much pick any live wedding band out there. You can even look at designing a truly bespoke band, especially for your wedding. If you really want to go wild you can look at 20+ piece bands that truly are a spectacle. Seventh Second is run by the musicians in the bands you see here so if you have this kind of budget in mind, come and speak to us and we will design a band just for you. 

Many of our acts can expand their bands into larger and more impressive acts and one such band is the world-class Flair Twelve above.

Until next time…

I hope you’ve found this guide useful and don’t forget to keep checking back for more. We have a plethora of information to help guide you through what can be the daunting and uncertain world of hiring a live band for a wedding and every week we add more guides to help you. If you need more help and assistance, have comments, or feel we missed something, contact us anytime. Oh and now that you know the real cost of hiring a live wedding band, why not check out our great wedding bands for some inspiration? Don’t forget our current offer too.

Save 15% on any 2024 live wedding band

 

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Bye for now!

 Jon and the Seventh Second Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How we worked out the results
To get the best results, we had to stick to the most popular wedding bands booked in the most popular area, England. We only chose England for the study as many bands based in England either won’t travel to Wales, Ireland, or Scotland or if they do, their prices range wildly meaning producing an average wouldn’t be very helpful to you. In our experience, it’s just better to speak to a band specifically if you want them to travel all that way for you. We also only included “general” 3,4,5 and 6-piece wedding bands and not niche acts like Oompah wedding bands or other genre-specific acts as our list would have become so vast that all our heads would have exploded. The same reasoning goes for why we only picked 3,4,5, and 6-piece-sized wedding bands. We always used 10 distinct bands and decided which were the most popular on any given website by looking at their longevity and how many positive reviews they had. We also always rounded prices up to keep it simple. Picking the top wedding entertainment websites was easy because you know, they are kind of our competition. You will notice that we listed our band’s average prices too. We can confirm they are 100% accurate. If you have any questions just ask.


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